Earth's Call made its official debut this weekend on Friday and Saturday with a series of spectacular and solution-oriented events in the Aspen/Snowmass area that proves engaged citizens are ready to answer Earth's Call.

The highlight of the celebratory three-day event was an immersive musical experience last night at the Benedict Music Tent, in which Grammy Award winner after Grammy Award winner took the stage, each giving their imprimatur on efforts to heal the planet from the scourge of the climate crisis.
The show opened with a song and invocation by an elder of the Southern Ute tribe and his family and greetings from Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron, who had been in Paris for the 2015 Climate Conference, and who noted that small towns can make big differences.
Musically, the diverse program then kicked off its first half with Mickey Hart (a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, as drummer for the Grateful Dead), and ended with legend Patti LaBelle’s soulful rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” In between were standout performances by Alan Parsons, Colbie Caillat, Anthony Hamilton, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Natalia Lafourcade, as well as amazing newcomers the Compton Kidz Club (who were introduced by philanthropist Tom Steyer), and the Earth’s Symphony Orchestra, led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Cheche Alara.
The second half of the show saw most performers do a second song, and added Earth’s Call co-founder Michael Fitzpatrick, who played an invocation to the Earth with mesmerizing special effects by noted Broadway producers Batwin + Robin. Interspersed with buoyant, hopeful sermons from spiritual leaders and messengers of conscience, the second half continued to feature jaw-dropping special effects to accompany each act, evening culminated with as astounding LaBelle medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Lady Marmalade,” which transitioned into an All-Star jam on the Doobie Brothers’ classic “Taking It to the Streets.”
The euphoria generated in the Benedict Music Tent was an organic spillover from 36 hours of social good and solutions generation.

On Friday, the Compton Kidz Club and Earth’s Call Co-Founder Spike Buckley took part in an Aspen/Snowmass cleanup, in which participants picked up trash and painted fences. At one reception in the Snowmass Viceroy Hotel, a gathering of youth leaders — including Colorado activists Haven Coleman and Emilie Craig — shared inspirational personal stories, and spoke of their passion for healing the planet.

Then Saturday started early at the Aspen Meadows Resort with Earth’s Call’s “Composing the Future,” an innovation lab in which eight roundtables — each devoted to a different UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) — ideated solutions over the course of six hours and then presented to the larger group in an infectiously upbeat convening. Solutions ranged from an organic plastic made of seaweed to an idea using Big Data to better protect biodiversity.

Composing the Future also outlined Earth’s Call’s mission (to find and fund innovative solutions to the climate crisis), as well as emphasized the new nonprofit’s commitment to partnerships (to best discover and vet the most scalable solutions).

Each of the Composing the Future ideas will be eligible to compete in an Earth’s Call-funded competition, through a partnership with Lever for Change. Lever for Change is an affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Earth’s Call/Lever for Change partnership has been formed to find impactful climate solutions. In late 2019, Earth’s Call will launch a $20 million competition — the first phase of its $50 million commitment to fund bold proposals to combat climate change through Lever for Change.

Today's (Sunday) event, Harmonizing the Future, will have a remarkable lineup of its own, a full day of high-level talks on climate, the environment, and the UN's SDGs, featuring an astonishing number of experts from around the world. Check back tomorrow for a recap of Harmonizing the Future.
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